Some people believe that vaping is potentially beneficial to public health, but the habit might not be that safe. However, FDA’s recent ruling to strictly regulate has prompted some people to take action. With popularity of vaping exploding into a $2 billion industry, many people have been exposed to misinformation other than the truth about what the media calls vaping or “e-cigs.”
This article highlights some of the reasons why vaping might not be safe as you think.
Two Totally Different Products Found in Vaping Products
“E-cigs” used in vaping look like typical cigarettes and are manufactured by tobacco companies. Vuze and Blu are the most popular brands made by Imperial Tobacco and RJ Reynolds respectively. They come with pre-filled cartridges which should be refilled. Though they are healthier replacement for cigarettes, they are not an option for the majority of people who permanently quit smoking for vaping.
Typically, users are introduced to vaping products that tend to be less addictive. Eventually, they turn to more satisfying vape, just like with the typical cigarettes that are high in nicotine and low vapor. The media and lawmakers cannot differentiate between the two products although there is a lot of difference.
E-Liquid Ingredients Aren’t New
The main base ingredient in E-liquid is vegetable glycerin (VG) which has no flavor but produces a lot of vapor. The other ingredient is propylene glycol, which many alarmists cite as a “main ingredient in antifreeze.” This is wrong because they deliberately confuse it with =, which is commonly found in most vaping products.
Propylene glycol (PG) happens to be a main ingredient albuterol or asthma inhalers. It is considered safe to inhale when vaporized. PG carries flavor and other flavorings are suspended in it. Flavorings can be artificial or natural but are limited only to the imagination of manufacturers.
Pharmaceutical-grade nicotine is the final ingredient in vaping products. Most manufacturers make their products available in varying nicotine strengths. There are claims that some products don’t contain nicotine. But what is the point of selling “tobacco products” that don’t contain nicotine?
Many Vapors Contain Very Little to No Nicotine
E-liquids contain very little to no nicotine. Many users begin at a high nicotine level when they are still struggling to get off of analog cigarettes. On graduating to devices that produce a lot of vapor, they don’t require high levels of nicotine to feel satisfied. They then step down further to decrease the nicotine strength. This happens when they find out that high nicotine messes with the flavor of an e-liquid. In other words, the less nicotine a person uses, the better his/her liquid will taste. Does that mean that even adults get attracted to sweet tastes?
There are media assertions that vaping products manufacturers are trying to hook children with sweet flavors, and even hook them to smoking.
Vapor is Less Harmful Than Cigarette Smoke
You have probably heard that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes is either harmless or it’s worse than cigarettes. According to a 2012 Greek study, vaping products are far safer than smoking cigarettes. A research paper entitled Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from electronic cigarettes found that the levels of toxicants in e-cig vapor were 9-450 times lower than in cigarette smoke.
Vaping Can Help Smokers Quit
It is now evident that vaping products might be very effective in helping a smoker to drop the habit. In a large international survey, 72% of users reported that vaping helped them to cope with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In addition, 92% reported a reduction in their smoking when vaping, and only 10% craved to smoke when using these products.